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Should we incarcerate children for skipping school?

Status offenses are generally crimes that are age-specific. For example, an adult would not be arrested for skipping school, running away from home, or disobedience to parents, but these are all potential offenses for juveniles. When the Juvenile...

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Don’t raze the middle class raise

This election season has been focused on the American worker, and nothing says thank you like the promise of a raise. The U.S. Department of Labor recently made such a commitment by finalizing its new overtime rule, which could boost the income...

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The FCC’s Privacy Problem

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) proposed privacy rules for broadband providers are anti-consumer and anti-competitive. These proposed rules, released in March in the FCC’s Notice of...

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Why science shouldn’t be a political punchline

Q: What do bee meanderings, screw worms, and teenagers’ personal behavior have in common? (OK, it’s a trick question.)

A: Groundbreaking taxpayer-funded research. (Yes, we said groundbreaking.)

Science and governance have a...

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Why is the FCC insensitive to data sensitivity?

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission proposed privacy rules for your broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP).  This sounds like a good thing for consumers.  After all, who doesn’t want more privacy protection?  Yet,...

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Personal care oversight measure would hurt small businesses

Innovation is not just for Silicon Valley – every day, thousands of small cosmetics businesses create new products that will help millions of Americans look and feel their best, and create jobs in the process. But a new bill threatens to stifle...

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